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The rubber footwear industry.

File consists of one (typed, 11 pp.) history of the rubber industry and rubber manufacturing at Kaufman. Prepared by C.W. Fowler and W.H. Bechtel.

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Strike, 1960 : University of Western Ontario case study.

Contains material relating to the 1960 strike as prepared for a University of Western Ontario business case study. Includes background on the Kaufman strike, copies of correspondence and memoranda relating to the strike, and photocopied newspaper clippings.

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Photographs : Facilities

Series consists of photographs of the Kaufman Footwear plant on King St. in Kitchener, Ontario as well as other plants and facilities owned by Kaufman. Includes exterior and interior views.

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Kaufman Footwear fonds.

Fonds consists of material relating to the history, operation and products of the Kaufman Rubber Company, later Kaufman Footwear. Includes catalogues of products, documentation of formulae, compounds, in-house "written standard practice" manuals illustrating industrial processes. Includes corespondence, clippings, ephemera, memoranda, photographs, publications, reports, and sound recordings.

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Centenary Committee : Historical Documents

Series consists of material collected by or submitted to the Centenary Committee for the purpose of preparing a history for the 100th Anniversary of the company. Consists of original items which might originally have been filed elsewhere but for which no adequate context was maintained or can be determined.

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Products : Catalogues

Series consists of catalogues and price lists for Kaufman clothing and footwear products printed between 1909 and 2000.

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Administration : Personnel

Series consists of material relating to the administration of personnel, primarily salary information. Contains paybooks from 1909 to 1912, cheque information, unclaimed wage information and pay worksheets.

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Photographs : Employees

Series consists of formal group portraits of employees taken beteen 1912 and 1928, as well as photographs and slides at staff recognition events such as milestone nights, and retirements from the 1960's to the 1990's.

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Factory memo binder (file 2 of 2).

Binder labelled "I. Weber". Contains Kaufman footwear office memos relating to various factory and office issues including information on floor plans, parts, machinery, materials and other issues, arranged alphabetically by topic.

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Operations : Vice-President Manufacturing : Irvin E. Weber

Material relating to the factory and its manufacturing operations, belonging to Irvin E. Weber. According to secondary sources, Irvin E. Weber joined Kaufman in 1945. His father, Irvin K. Weber, had worked at Kaufman for 52 years, starting in 1909. Some of the material in this series belonged to Irvin K. Weber and subsequently to his son Irvin E. Weber. Includes much material, such as the compound sheets, that would have originated in the Laboratory, but concerned with ingredients and costs rather than formulae and mixing. Includes correspondence, ephemera, invoices, notes, memoranda, and clippings.

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Factory memo binder (file 1 of 2).

Binder labelled "I. Weber". Contains Kaufman footwear office memos relating to various factory and office issues including information on floor plans, parts, machinery, materials and other issues, arranged alphabetically by topic.

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Photographs : A.R. Kaufman

Series consists of photographs including or taken by A.R. Kaufman between 1915 and 1930. Also includes a formal portrait of A.R. taken in the 1960's.

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Automobile excursion : trouble with the car.

Contains ten original photographs, 2 brownie souvenir post card photographs, eleven reproductions, and 15 original negatives of a trip taken by Mr. Kaufman around 1915 during which there were car troubles. The reproduction envelope says "trip to Montreal" on it. None of the individuals are identified.

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Kaufman Rubber Co., Limited : employees.

Group portrait of Kaufman Rubber Co. employees seen outdoors in suits and hats.

Back row, left to right: W.S. Wood, J.S. Townsend, S.G. Amero, E.A. Chalk, Jas. Bryant, A.D. Kippen, Harley Henry.

Middle row, left to right: W.H. Semple, F.W. Burril, O.J. Killam, E.E. Code, J.J. Duggan, Geo. Stockand, Frank Henderson.

Front row, left to right: J.S. Pierce, J.S. Lovell, W.E. Wing, A.R. Kaufman, Chester McLure, Murray McGowan, L.B. Hutchinson.

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Parades : Kaufman Rubber Co.: Dominion Day parade float.

Contains one modern print copy negative of an old photograph of the Kaufman Rubber Co. Limited parade float for July 1, 1918. Identification included.

Back row, left to right: Ernie Dunbrook, Leo Cody, George Hainsworth (goaltender for the Montreal Canadians), Bernie Zuber, Ernie Ziegler, unidentified, unidentified, unidentified.

Middle row, left to right: unidentified, I.K. Weber.

Front row, left to right: unidentified, Oliver Schlegel [?], unidentified.

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Ephemera

Series consists of printed ephemera including stationery.

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Kaufman Rubber Co. Ltd, Kitchener, Ont. : addition to present factory [set 2] / Albert Kahn, Architect, Walkerville, Ont.

Job No. 964, May 3, 1920. Scale differs.
Sheet 1: Heating riser diagram, plot plan, foundation plan, basement plan.
Sheet 2: Interior elevations of entrance lobby, Mr. Kaufman's office, ceiling plans for entrance lobby, Mr. Kaufman's office, two first floor plans, detail of wicket, detail of shelf and counter in general office.
Sheet 3: Flag pole, roof, second floor, third and fourth floor plans.
Sheet 4: South elevation, corner elevation, East elevation, North elevation, Northwest corner elevation, section on line AA.
Sheet 5: Scale details of main entrance elevation.
Sheet 6: Details: windows, wall sections, toilets, "elevations of Mr. Newton's room".
Sheet 7: Elevations showing windows and doors.
Sheet 8: Elevations: South, corner, East, North, Northwest corner [re windows?].
Sheet 1-S: Columns, dated Apr. 10, 1920.

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Compound sheets and notes from J.C.H.

Contains compound sheets with a list of the materials used for the compound and the total cost of the compound. Includes notes by J.C. Howard. Originally in a binder labelled "I. Weber".

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Packing department.

Contains one photograph of the packing department. Caption states that "in this department, after cartoning, the goods are packed into cases ready for shipment or delivery to the warehouse".

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Publications

Series consists of publications issued by Kaufman Footwear, or publications maintained in its offices pertaining to the rubber industry. Includes scattered issues of the company newsletter "The Footprint".

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Kaufman Rubber Co. Ltd, Kitchener, Ont. : addition to present factory / Albert Kahn, Architect, Walkerville, Ont.

Job No. 964, May 3, 1920. Scale differs.
Sheet 1: Heating riser diagram, plot plan, foundation plan, basement plan (3 copies).
Sheet 2: Interior elevations of entrance lobby, Mr. Kaufman's office, ceiling plans for entrance lobby, Mr. Kaufman's office, two first floor plans, detail of wicket, detail of shelf and counter in general office (3 copies).
Sheet 3: Flag pole, roof, second floor, third and fourth floor plans (3 copies).
Sheet 4: South elevation, corner elevation, East elevation, North elevation, Northwest corner elevation, section on line AA (3 copies).
Sheet 5: Scale details of main entrance elevation (1 copy).
Sheet 6: Details: windows, wall sections, toilets, "elevations of Mr. Newton's room" (3 copies).
Sheet 7: Elevations showing windows and doors (2 copies).
Sheet 8: Elevations: South, corner, East, North, Northwest corner [re windows?] (2 copies).
Sheet 1-S: Columns, dated Apr. 10, 1920 (2 copies).

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Kaufman Rubber Co. Ltd, Kitchener, Ont. : addition to present factory / Albert Kahn, Architect, Walkerville, Ont.

Job No. 964, May 3, 1920. Scale differs.
Sheet 1: Heating riser diagram, plot plan, foundation plan, basement plan.
Sheet 2: Interior elevations of entrance lobby, Mr. Kaufman's office, ceiling plans for entrance lobby, Mr. Kaufman's office, two first floor plans, detail of wicket, detail of shelf and counter in general office.
Sheet 3: Flag pole, roof, second floor, third and fourth floor plans.
Sheet 4: South elevation, corner elevation, East elevation, North elevation, Northwest corner elevation, section on line AA.
Sheet 5: Scale details of main entrance elevation.
Sheet 6: Details: windows, wall sections, toilets, "elevations of Mr. Newton's room".
Sheet 7: Elevations showing windows and doors.
Sheet 8: Elevations: South, corner, East, North, Northwest corner [re windows?].
Sheet 1-S: Columns, dated Apr. 10, 1920.

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Photographs : Album

Series consists of photographs originally contained in a photograph album created to demonstrate the activities of the Kaufman Rubber Co. Limited. It includes photographs of the general offices and production departments.

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Fishing trip, June 1920.

Contains one informal portrait of a fishing trip group. Includes identification on the back of the photograph of Buller Pequenat, I.K. Weber and A.R. Kaufman.

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Kaufman Rubber Co. Ltd, Kitchener, Ont. : addition to present factory [set 1] / Albert Kahn, Architect, Walkerville, Ont.

Job No. 964, May 3, 1920. Scale differs.
Sheet 1: Heating riser diagram, plot plan, foundation plan, basement plan.
Sheet 2: Interior elevations of entrance lobby, Mr. Kaufman's office, ceiling plans for entrance lobby, Mr. Kaufman's office, two first floor plans, detail of wicket, detail of shelf and counter in general office.
Sheet 3: Flag pole, roof, second floor, third and fourth floor plans.
Sheet 4: South elevation, corner elevation, East elevation, North elevation, Northwest corner elevation, section on line AA.
Sheet 5: Scale details of main entrance elevation.
Sheet 6: Details: windows, wall sections, toilets, "elevations of Mr. Newton's room".
Sheet 7: Elevations showing windows and doors.
Sheet 8: Elevations: South, corner, East, North, Northwest corner [re windows?].
Sheet 1-S: Columns, dated Apr. 10, 1920.

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The shoemaking department.

Contains one photograph of the shoemaking department, with "a corner of the boot lasting section with boots under construction".

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Vulcanizing department.

Contains one photograph of the vulcanizing department "showing one of the steam vulcanizers where rubber footwear is cured under pressure".

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Inspecting room.

Contains one photograph of the inspecting room "where the making of the previous day is inspected, marked with sizes and cartoned".

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Outings : fishing.

Informal group portrait of 10 men with fish and fishing gear. A.R. Kaufman standing at far right.

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Architectural Drawings.

Series consists of architectural drawings and plans for the Kitchener Plant of Kaufman Footwear, created between 1920 and 1996. Includes work by Albert Kahn, Barnett & Rieder and the Walter Fedy Partnership. Includes blueprints blackprints and blueline prints.

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Kaufman Footwear : history.

One copy of a descriptive booklet "The Kaufman Rubber Company", containing photographs of the factory and descriptions of work carried out. Also contains a publication about the history of the Kaufman Footwear company titled "William H. Kaufman Inc".

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Baseball, 1920's : Twin City soft ball champions, 1921.

Contains one posed portrait of the Twin City soft ball champions from 1921, their shirts say KR Co. Identified are:
Back row, left to right: H. Young, O. Burghardt, O. Toletski, J. Frank, C. Erdman, I. Weber.
Front row, left to right: W. Roehr, O. Hamel, E. Weber, G. Musselman, A. Levine, G. Hainsworth.

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